The Minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed has been reported to have tested positive for Coronavirus.
Premium Times reported this on Saturday, adding that four other presidential aides have also tested positive to the virus and are now on self-isolation.
According to the newspaper, those affected are the permanent secretary in the State House, Tijani Umar; the President’s Aide-de-camp (ADC), Yusuf Dodo; his chief security officer (CSO), Aliyu Musa, and his senior special assistant (media and publicity), Garba Shehu.
The online newspaper said their results were confirmed positive during the week. None of them is thought to be seriously affected by the virus because they are fully vaccinated.
The report quoted the presidential spokesman, Shehu as saying: “I have no confirmation of the cases you mentioned, but yes I have been afflicted by the mild variant of the COVID-19. I felt okay from the beginning, maybe because one had received all three jabs, and right now, I feel 100 per cent. I just finished my hour-long running exercise.
“But the strange thing about this ailment is that it is the scientists, not you, that will say you are okay. Right now, I’m taking my prescriptions and isolating and would go back for a test to ascertain if the virus is still here or it has left me. Thanks for your goodwill.”
Testing had recently been rampe in the presidential villa in the wake of the Omicron variant to ensure the containment of the virus.